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The Straight Grain
Volume 23, Number 4

In this Issue:
Events
Announcements
Kudos
Forestry in the News
Links to other departments

The STRAIGHT GRAIN is a weekly newsletter for the College of Forest Resources community. Please submit notices for THE STRAIGHT GRAIN to Cecilia Paul by 10:30 a.m. Thursdays. Back issues of the STRAIGHT GRAIN are available at http://www.cfr.washington.edu/news_pubs/straight_grain/index.htm.

EVENTS FOR WEEKS BEGINNING JULY 22. Check out the CFR events calendar for a complete list of upcoming seminars, conferences, lectures, and other public events.

SUNDAY-THURSDAY, 22-26 JULY COASTAL ZONE CONFERENCE PORTLAND,OR
Coastal Zone 07 Conference, "Brewing Local Solutions to Your Coastal Issues."

MONDAY, 23 JULY DISSERTATION DEFENSE ANDERSON 22 1 PM
"Channel Morphology and Restoration of Sitka Spruce (Picea sitchensis) Tidal Forested Wetlands, Columbia River, U.S.A," Heida Diefenderfer, Committee Chair: Kristiina Vogt.

WEDNESDAY, 25 JULY NISQUALLY REFUGE LECTURE NISQUALLY, WA 7 PM
20th Anniversary Summer Lecture Series, "A New Earthquake Paradigm for Western Washington," Brian Sherrod, U.S. Geological Survey.

THURSDAY-SATURDAY CONIFER SOCIETY MEETING SEATAC, WA
American Conifer Society 25th National Meeting, "East Meets West: Conifer artistry of man and nature.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

COLLEGE WILL MISS TRINH VO AND KAREN PREUSS
The College will say goodbye soon to two valued staff members. Fiscal specialist Trinh Vo has accepted a promotional offer from the Department of Psychiatry in the UW School of Medicine, and August 3rd will be her last day in CFR. Most of you have interacted with Trinh regularly on matters of travel, purchasing, and petty cash over the years. While, her service to the College will be missed, we congratulate her on this opportunity for career growth! Elisabeth C. Miller Library Manager Karen Preuss will be leaving Seattle soon to live in the "Big Apple." Come say goodbye to her on Thursday, July 26th and and wish her the best in her new life in the really big city.

NEAL LESSENGER HONORED WITH LEGACY AWARD
CFR Visiting Committee member and former Arboretum Foundation President Neal Lessenger has recently been awarded the Arboretum Foundation's 2007 Legacy Award. Neal joined the Arboretum Foundation as a member in May 1994 and first volunteered at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show in 1999. He joined the Board of Directors in 2001 and served as Vice President, President and Immediate Past President, taking a hiatus from the Board to serve as Interim Executive Director during late 2006 and early 2007. In making the award, the Foundation stated, "Neal's leadership and dedication have been integral to the success of the Foundation's Pacific Connections Campaign."

UW'S NEW "SAFE CAMPUS" WEBSITE
See, and bookmark, http://www.washington.edu/safecampus/ for the UW's new "Safe Campus" website. The UW Advisory Committee on Violence is committed to ensuring that members of the UW community know about safe campus policies and know how to access resources for help. The website is intended to be the primary source of information on workplace violence and related issues.

SURPLUS ANYONE?
Sally Morgan writes, "We're getting ready to request a surplus pickup, and I understand there are a number of people who have stuff to get rid of, so I'd like to make a clean sweep of it. Please let me know if you have any items that you no longer need (whether or not you think they are usable by someone else, inside the College or elsewhere). If there is an equipment tag on the item, I would appreciate it if you could send the number. If it is small enough to be relatively portable, it would be great if you could drop it off in the hallway outside Bloedel 110 (this is a great time-saver!) And of course, let me know that it is there, so I can add it to my list. Questions? call me at 5-0952.

CFRIT LOGIN PROMPTS
Brad Coston writes that he has created a web page to assist with questions regarding login prompts. Please let Brad know, costonbw@cfr.washington.edu, if you have additional concerns.

KUDOS
Kudos to CFR's Development team ... says Ramona Hickey, "It's a small world, especially in the CoFR development team. Since learning that new Administrative Coordinator Ramona Hickey lived only four blocks away from Nancy Davis, the two have been carpooling from West Seattle, reducing their carbon footprint one commute at a time. Also, Wendy Kelley often treks on foot from her Laurelhurst home to the UWBG and Tom Mentele plays part time bus driver for his family carpool in the mornings." And kudos to the many other in the CFR community who walk, bike, (skateboard?), ride the bus and use non-energy consuming modes of travel -- including Dean Bare, and many faculty, staff, and students!

Send in your kudos!

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FORESTRY IN THE NEWS
For recent articles featuring CFR faculty, staff, students, and alumni, go to the CFR homepage for "CFR in the News" or use this link: http://www.cfr.washington.edu/news_pubs/cfr_news.htm.

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WEBSITES FOR SEMINARS IN RELATED DEPARTMENTS

Aquatic & Fishery Sciences
http://www.fish.washington.edu/news/fishline/fishline.html
Biology http://protist.biology.washington.edu/bio2/news/seminars/
Earth and Space Sciences http://www.geology.washington.edu/Program/Seminars/
Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean (JISAO) http://www.jisao.washington.edu/seminars_list.html
Northwest Fisheries Science Center (NFSC) http://www.nwfsc.noaa.gov/events/monster.cfm
NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory (PMEL) http://www.pmel.noaa.gov/home/seminars/index.html
NOAA Fisheries Oceanography Coordinated Investigations (PMEL/FOCI) lhttp://www.pmel.noaa.gov/foci/FOCI_seminars.html
Program on the Environment (POE) http://depts.washington.edu/poeweb/happening/calendar.cgi
Quaternary Research Center (QRC) http://depts.washington.edu/qrc/events.htm


The Straight Grain
Volume 23, Number 3

In this Issue:
Events
Announcements
Kudos
Forestry in the News
Links to other departments

The STRAIGHT GRAIN is a weekly newsletter for the College of Forest Resources community. Please submit notices for THE STRAIGHT GRAIN to Cecilia Paul (cece@u.washington.edu), by 10:30 a.m. Thursdays. Back issues of the STRAIGHT GRAIN are available at http://www.cfr.washington.edu/news_pubs/straight_grain/index.htm.

EVENTS FOR WEEKS BEGINNING JULY 16. Check out the CFR events calendar for a complete list of upcoming seminars, conferences, lectures, and other public events.

MONDAY, 16 JULY ATM SCI SEMINAR ATG 310C 3:30 PM
"Modelling the Stable Isotopes of Water and Carbon in Climate Models: Validation of modern climate and interpretation of past climate," Christophe Sturm, Bjerknes Center for Climate Research, Bergen, Norway.

WEDNESDAY, 18 JULY SIMPSON CTR LECTURE HENRY ART GALLERY 2 PM
"A Sense of Where We Are," Simpson Center Summer 2007 Lecture Series, Kim Barnes, Idaho Writer in Residence, author of two memoirs describing childhood in the logging camps of Northern Idaho.

WEDNESDAY, 18 JULY NISQUALLY REFUGE LECTURE NISQUALLY, WA 7 PM
20th Anniversary Summer Lecture Series, " Restoring the Friendly Flame: Fire in the dry forests of the Pacific Northwest," Jim Agee, UW College of Forest Resources.

THURSDAY, 19 JULY UWBG PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION UWBG,DOUGLAS 7 PM
"The Woes of Weeds and Meeting Your Customer's Needs," Tim Miller, Washington State University, and Sasha Shaw, King County, WA. Register online.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

A CALENDAR HEAD'S UP FOR
College of Forest Resources Fall Planning Retreat: Save the Date! Tuesday, September 25, 2007, at the Lake Washington Rowing Club on the Ship Canal in Fremont. The morning will be an all-College session; a faculty discussion will follow lunch. Watch for more details over the summer.

STAFF NEWS
The College welcomes Ramona Hickey, new Administrative Coordinator with Development and Alumni Relations. Ramona is a recent graduate of the UW's Honor's English Program, where she was a John K. Woolley and Mary Gates Scholar, as well as Phi Beta Kappa member. She comes to the College from temporary assignments in the Graduate School, Provost's Office, and Office of Commencement. Ramona can be reached at kirida@u.washington.edu Sandra Scott's last day at the College will be July 23rd; the College congratulates her on her promotion to Fiscal Specialist 2 with the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Way to go Sandra, CONGRATULATIONS! Wish you the very best in your new endeavor and we will miss you.

NEW SPONSORED RESEARCH PROJECTS IN JUNE 2007
"Discriminating Metrics in High-Volume Forests: What is Missing in Stands with Low WOGH1 Scores?"; PI: John Calhoun; sponsor: USDA Forest Service; amount: $53,158.
"Olympic Experimental State Forest 100 Year Modeling"; PI: John Calhoun; sponsor WA Dept of Natural Resources; amount: $200.000.
"Promoting Tree Regeneration in Stem Exclusion Forests of the Olympic Peninsula"; PI: David Ford; sponsor USDA Forest Service; amount: $51,445.
"Modeling Particle Film Effects on Photosynthesis"; PI: Soo-Hyung Kim; sponsor: USDA Agricultural Research Service; amount: $15,290.
"Forecasting the Relative and Cummulative Effects of Multiple Stressors on At-Risk Populations"; PI: Josh Lawler; sponser: US Department of Defense Strategic Research and Development Program; amount: $768,045,
"Report on Climate Change and the Future of Biodiversity in Washington"; PI: Josh Lawler, sponsor WA Department of Fish & Wildlife; amount $5,000.
"Forest Products Use of Roadways and Transload Facilities in Washington"; PI: John Perez-Garcia; sponsor: WA Department of Natural Resources;
amount: $12,000.
"Center for Plant Conservation Cooperative Agreement"; PI: Sarah Reichard; sponsor: Center for Plant Conservation; amount: $30,632.

INVASIVE PLANTS VOLUNTARY CODES OF CONDUCT
UW Botanic Gardens participated in a recent collaborative effort to reduce the spread of invasive plants used for horticultural purposes -- a booklet on Voluntary Codes of Conduct that outlines a series of steps that nursery professionals, landscape architects, gardeners, and others can take to help curb the spread of invasive horticultural plants. Collaborators included nonprofit conservation groups, state and county government, and the nursery industry. See http://www.invasivespeciescoalition.org for updates and to learn about other problematic plants and their alternatives. For a pdf file of the booklet, see http://invasivespeciescoalition.org/GardenPlants/WISCFINALweb.pdf.

ENGINEERS W/O BORDERS SUMMER BOLIVIA PROJECT
Susan Bolton writes in to say that she "leaves July 13 for a project implementation trip with the student chapter of Engineers Without Borders." She is leading a group of nine students and other volunteers to Yanayo, Boliva where they will teach the villagers a new stove design that to reduce fuelwood use and improve indoor air quality. They will also replace thatch roofs with tin roofs and develop water catchment and distribution systems for the villagers. For more information on the project, see http://www.washington.edu/home/international/studyabroad/ewb_bolivia.html.

IT ANNOUNCES NEW LOGIN PROCESS
Brad Coston writes, "To improve overall service for all users, CFR-IT is making a change to the CFR Network Login process. Up until now, most computers on the CFR network "remember" the last user to log into them, and fill in the "Username" filed with the previously used username. From now on the previously used username will not be remembered, and instead the "Username" field will always be blank. We know there are pros and cons to this change, but we believe the pros will greatly outweigh the cons. If you foresee this change causing you significant difficulty, contact cfrhelp@u.washington.edu with your concerns."

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT ONLINE SURVEY
UW's Human Resources Professional and Organizational Development (POD) is committed to the Leadership, Community and Values Initiative (LCVI) goal of advancing career and professional development at UW. They request your participation in a survey about career and professional development needs. To begin the survey, click http://www.washington.edu/admin/hr/pod/na2007/ (or copy-paste the web address into your internet browser). To log in, you will need to provide your UWNetID and password; your responses, however, will be anonymous. Please complete the survey by Friday, August 3, 2007. It will take approximately 10 minutes. Findings from this survey will be published at http://www.washington.edu/admin/hr/pod/ in Autumn 2007.

CFR IN THE MEDIA
For a Seattle Times article on urban wildlife, in which CFR alum Timothy Quinn is quoted, see "Coyotes chow down in town." For a Jackson Hole Star Tribune article quoting John Marzluff on a wildlife study in Wyoming, see "Team begins grouse study." For a letter in the July 5 issue of Nature, written by Toby Bradshaw, Tom Hinckley and Sarah Reichard, see "Terrorists are activists who renounce non-violence."
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KUDOS

Send in your kudos!

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FORESTRY IN THE NEWS
For recent articles featuring CFR faculty, staff, students, and alumni, go to the CFR homepage for "CFR in the News" or use this link: http://www.cfr.washington.edu/news_pubs/cfr_news.htm.

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WEBSITES FOR SEMINARS IN RELATED DEPARTMENTS

Aquatic & Fishery Sciences
http://www.fish.washington.edu/news/fishline/fishline.html
Biology http://protist.biology.washington.edu/bio2/news/seminars/
Earth and Space Sciences http://www.geology.washington.edu/Program/Seminars/
Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean (JISAO) http://www.jisao.washington.edu/seminars_list.html
Northwest Fisheries Science Center (NFSC) http://www.nwfsc.noaa.gov/events/monster.cfm
NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory (PMEL) http://www.pmel.noaa.gov/home/seminars/index.html
NOAA Fisheries Oceanography Coordinated Investigations (PMEL/FOCI) lhttp://www.pmel.noaa.gov/foci/FOCI_seminars.html
Program on the Environment (POE) http://depts.washington.edu/poeweb/happening/calendar.cgi
Quaternary Research Center (QRC) http://depts.washington.edu/qrc/events.htm